Enjoy a scenic journey to one of America's greatest historic treasures – Charleston, South Carolina, for a day of sightseeing, shopping and dining!
From our convenient meeting location in Myrtle Beach, you'll begin the scenic two-hour trip to Charleston on our comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach. Once in the Charleston area, your all-day adventure includes:
- Palmetto Carriage Works Tour: Hop on a mule driven carriage for a historic old city tour. With a professional tour guide who is certain to entertain and inform you, you’ll relish in magnificent homes and gardens and Charleston’s way of life, past and present.
- Harbor Boat Tour: Board the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute, non-stop “Harbor of History Tour” live-narrated by the Captain. You’ll experience 75 points of interest including the USS Yorktown and the Battery while delighting in a delicious Deli-Style Boxed Lunch.
- Boone Hall Plantation Tour: Explore the 738-acre plantation to see the historic brick slave cabins, a smoke house and a cotton gin. Costumed hostesses provide guided tours and reveal to you a true sense of Southern elegance, strife, charm and beauty.
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Very dissatisfied with the tour!!
|DebraTriola||Tue, Apr 21 7:00 AM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
This was a very unorganized and dissapointing tour, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone!!!
feel we did not get entire advertised tour
|mariefoltz||Tue, Apr 21 7:00 AM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
the bus driver was nice but did not even have an itinerary of our trip. we got to charleston later than we should have and rather than going directly to the carriage ride he took us to the bus garage, dropped off 6 passengers, went to talk to somebody for instructions and took us over to the carriage ride. after being on the bus for well over 2 hours there were no restrooms at the start of the carriage ride. we then were taken by the horse-driven carriage to the carriage/horse/mule barn where there were 2 public toilets for the 50 people left on the coach. we spent approximately 30 minutes at this barn while everybody used the restroom. the only good part was seeing the man changing the shoes on the horse there. we took what i believe was an abbbreviated city tour and had to report to the coach after walking past the city market. some of the passengers knew enough to run through the city market at that point knowing that may be their only chance to see it, having been there before. since this was our first time there we did not know this & totally missed that part of the trip. The boat tour fine and the lunch fresh and acceptable. The trip to the plantation was highlighted by seeing thhe budweiser clydesdale horses at the stables and hearing the story by one of the gardeners about the budweiser dalmation dog running loose on their farm and the men running around to catch it.
the ride back to myrtle beach was quick and efficient. I would highly recommend that the bus driver have a full itinerary of the trip to make efficient use of the allotted time.
A little disappointed
|timanddeb30||Tue, Apr 21 7:00 AM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
This was the first time for my husband and I to take a bus trip so we were not sure what to expect. I guess that I assumed we would receive an itinerary from the drive since we did not receive one online. Let me say that our driver was curious and a good driver but all he knew was where he needed to be and at what time. No details. So our first problem was, no bathroom stop before hitting our sight seeing destinations. Apparently, we were to stop at the visitors center then proceed to the carriage ride. Well, that didn't happen so 51 people had to use two single stall bathrooms. Forty five minutes later we were able to begin our carriage ride. A ripple effect. No Open Air Market, no time to do so. Made it to the cruise and found out they were providing lunch. Didn't know that and we were wondering if lunch was going to happen. Last part of trip, Boone Plantation. Didn't know they scheduled a private tour for our bus until we overheard the man at the information center ask someone if they were with the bus that just came. He proceeded to say that they had a tour at 1:45 pm. It was 1:50 when we heard this news and most of the buses passengers only heard by word of mouth and many missed it all together. My husband and I are not senior citizens. I think we were the only ones who where not. That's fine and wasn't a problem for us but there were places in which elderly people needed help getting out of the bus or assistance with navigating around the city. Especially after the carriage ride. One gentleman noticed as well as my husband and I and we tried to point people in the right direction or make them aware of things around them. The places we went offered warm and friendly greetings and they were very educated as they spoke about what we were seeing at the sights. I would highly recommend those places.
Most enjoyable trip
|Serdie||Thu, Apr 16 7:00 AM||Female||50-59||International Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
During our visit to Myrtle Beach we a bus trip to tour charleston . Although the weather was cool we had an exceptional day . charleston adventures made every thing easy . We were picked up outside the Hard Rock Cafe , traveled on a very comfortable and clean bus, driven by a very experienced driver. The tour of charleston was very impressive and the guide was so well versed , you couldn't help fall in love with the history of the city. The harbor cruise is beautiful and again the history worth taking the time to hear about . Pt he plantation is beautiful. The plantation tour educates you on slavery , very sad part of history and worth learning the facts. The entire trip is worth a day out. Having these professionals tour ypu around for a day makes it easy to enjoy.
tour that included 4 activities
|gingersnap77||Thu, Apr 16 7:00 AM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
My husband and I enjoyed every minute. We could have spent an entire day with each of the events but realize that wasn't possible. The tour bus was timed with precision. A great way to learn about local culture. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
|lbouch2||Thu, Apr 16 7:00 AM||Female||60-69||Local||Group of Friends|
My friend and I enjoyed the charleston tour. The only thing is that we didn't have enough time at the Boone Hall Plantation. Due to traffic we were late for our group tour so we had to wait for another. Then when the tour was over we had very little time to see the rest before we had to get the bus to go home. All in all a very good tour. Learned a lot and enjoyed it very much.
Day trip to Charleston
|Gregmeadows||Tue, Apr 14 7:00 AM||Male||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
This was absolutely a wonderful experience and well worth the price! From our bus driver and the whole day that was planned I would highly recommend this trip!
I so enjoyed another experience in Charleston.
|dunnmagg||Thu, Apr 9 7:00 AM||Female||70+||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
My only disappointment was the shopping in the market. I do think Charleston has more to offer. I realize tours are hard, keeping track of everyone.
Our bus driver from M.Bch was very accommodating.
He was explicit where to meet and what time. Really had enough time for most everything...except the good shopping
Really enjoyed the harbor tour and the plantation. The driver at Boone was excellent. So much information.
Truly a beautiful city!!
Exceeded our expectations
|swe5jbe||Thu, Apr 9 7:00 AM||Male||70+||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
My wife and I really enjoyed the day trip to Charleston. The bus driver, and tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. Each activity went off as planned and the day passed much too quickly. We would gladly take the trip again. Worth the money!!
this was a great history tour
|dwachowiak||Tue, Apr 7 7:00 AM||Male||60-69||Unspecified||Unspecified|
Bus driver was great to point out spots of interest to and from the city.
Buggy driver was a wealth of info in the city ,on history and architectural design.
Captain of The Carolina Bell ,did his job well on the harbor tour ,great to here all that history also.
Last but not least, the plantation with all of its own history, and to see that it was still a working farm was amazing.
If anyone is going to to Charleston by way of Myrtle Beach, I would say ,take the bus tour package. It was great fun,
just to set back and relax and enjoy the benefits of a very historical city like Charleston South Carolina.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
- Can I buy my tickets up until the start time of the tour?
- No, unfortunately we need the complete attendee list the day before the tour to guarantee space on all the components of the trip. You must purchase your tickets 16 hours before the start time of the tour. We will not be able to accommodate last-minute additions.
- What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child?
- Because the various components of this trip have their own ticket requirements, everyone, regardless of age, must purchase a full-price ticket.
- What does each trip include?
- Each trip includes: Roundtrip motor coach travel to Charleston, SC from Myrtle Beach, SC; a carriage tour of Historic Charleston with Palmetto Carriage Works; a visit to the Old City Market; a Charleston "Harbor of History" Boat Tour; Admission and Tour of Boone Hall Plantation; and a delicious "Deli-Style" boxed lunch.
- Do I have to book my space on each attraction, or do you do that for me?
- We take care of everything for you! In purchasing the full all-day package your space is guaranteed on each part of the trip, including the Boone Hall Plantation, the Harbor Boat Tour, and the Carriage Tour.
- How much time to we spend at each portion of the trip, and in what order are the activities done?
- The travel time from Myrtle Beach to Charleston is approximately two hours each way. The carriage ride is approximately one hour long and then you will spend about an hour at the City Market. The Harbor Boat Tour is 90 minutes. We then spend one hour (sometimes an hour and 15 minutes) at the Boone Hall Plantation before making our way back to Myrtle Beach.
- Is there ever a time when a portion of the all-day trip is omitted?
- On very rare occasions, we are forced to omit a portion of the trip due to weather reasons or unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, we will do our best to find a similar and comparable activity for you to participate in during that time, so tours will still proceed as scheduled.
- How much time total is spent on the bus?
- The trip from Myrtle Beach to Charleston lasts about two hours and we do provide transportation in both directions, lasting about four hours total. In between stops in Charleston, we're usually on the bus for 15 minutes or less as the destinations are very close to one another.
- How do we get from one place to the next once in Charleston?
- Our motorcoach bus will pick you up from each location and transport you to the next, so you don't have to worry about a thing!
- Do we make any stops along the way from Myrtle Beach to Charleston?
- No, our motorcoach provides comfortable and convenient non-stop transportation from Myrtle Beach to Charleston. This portion of the trip is not narrated and will not include any specific stops at points of interest along the way, although feel free to take photos of the South Carolina countryside!
- When do we eat lunch?
- You are provided with a delicious Deli-Style Boxed Lunch aboard the Harbor Boat Tour. The lunch includes a sandwich of turkey or ham (we get a delivery of sandwiches, and they are distributed on a first-come first-served basis), chips, a fruit cup, and a cookie. We also provide you with a fountain drink.
- Are you able to accommodate dietary restrictions or food allergies?
- On most occasions, we're able to accommodate you with a vegetarian lunch. Please specify the number of people in your party who would like a vegetarian lunch when purchasing tickets.
- What does the vegetarian lunch consist of?
- Veggie wrap: Spinach tortilla wrap, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, sprouts and a light ranch dressing.
- What exactly do we do at the Boone Hall Plantation?
- At the Plantation, you'll be able to explore the historic brick slave cabins, a smoke house, and a cotton gin. Costumed hostesses will greet you at the mansion and provide guided tours of the first floor. You'll see the butterfly garden and take pleasure in viewing antique roses, camellias and other native South Carolina plants. There is also a unique gift shop with plantation treasures.
- What exactly does the Charleston Harbor Boat Tour include?
- The Harbor Boat Tour is a 90-minute guided cruise around the Charleston Harbor aboard the Carolina Belle. Some of the sites you'll see and hear about include: the white steeple of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church which was saved from destruction during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars because it was painted black so as not to be an easy target; the stately homes along the Battery - a symbol of Southern elegance and perseverance; the three forts – Moultrie, Sumter, and Johnson that have played a significant role in our history from the Revolution through World War II; Patriot’s Point, the home of the Yorktown, the famous “Fighting Lady” of World War II; and Charleston’s landmark Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, a new state of the art span that accommodates the largest ships in the world. You can also catch a glimpse of dolphins skimming the surface as they feed or a pelican as he nose dives into the water in search of a tasty tidbit.
- What do we do at the Historic Covered Open-Air Market?
- At the City Market, you'll have an hour to shop and take in the festive Southern atmosphere. The City Market is a must-see when visiting Charleston. There are a total of four buildings spanning from Meeting Street to East Bay Street. An assortment of wares is sold by hundreds of vendors. Merchandise is first quality. Sweet grass basket weavers can be seen in every building, along with local artists selling jewelry, tapestry, souvenirs, church dolls, afghans, rugs, rice, beans and sauces, local candies and cookies and much more. The horse-drawn carriages gallop by with people from all over the world, and restaurants line both North and South Market street.
- What exactly do we see on the Palmetto Carriage Works Tour?
- With a professional tour guide narrating the trip, you'll travel through 25 blocks of Charleston's oldest residential and business district. You'll experience the charm and beauty of Charleston, and its magnificent homes and gardens and its way of life, past and present.
- Can I buy food or drinks along the way?
- Food and drinks may be purchased from the snack bar on the Carolina Belle. The snack bar has soda, bottled water, wine, beer, chips, hot dogs, candy bars, cookies, etc. It may also be possible to purchase light snacks or beverages in the Old City Market area. However, we ask that you do not attempt a sit-down restaurant meal, as we do have a schedule to keep to in order to enjoy all of the day’s planned activities. If you would like to purchase food (to compliment the boxed lunch that is included in the price of the trip), please bring extra cash with you.
- Can I bring snacks or beverages aboard the bus?
- Yes, although we ask that you keep the number and size of the items you bring on board to a minimum, as the bus does not have a lot of storage space. We ask that you do not bring coolers. However, you're welcome to bring a backpack or bag with snacks and drinks (no alcohol) for the day!
- Are there bathrooms along the way?
- Our motor coach bus does include a restroom, so you may use the facilities onboard the bus while en-route. The bus will only stop for emergencies. Our first stop in Charleston is the Carriage Tour, followed by time spent in the Old Market area, and then the Harbor Boat Tour, and finally the Boone Hall Plantation. There are restrooms in the Old Market area, on board the Carolina Belle, and at the Plantation. In addition, there are handicap accessible restrooms via an elevator at the Charleston Maritime Center (where the Harbor Boat Tour departs from).
- When do the Charleston Adventures run?
- We run Tuesday through Thursday every week during our season. Our season begins in February and lasts into early - mid November depending on weather.
- What happens if it rains?
- The trips go out rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions. The carriage ride takes place in a covered carriage, however, the sides are open so please dress appropriately for the weather. The City Market is mostly enclosed, but you will have to walk outside from store to store, so please bring an umbrella if the forecasted weather calls for rain. The Harbor Boat Tour has a glassed-in, enclosed observatory and the upper deck is also partially covered, so the boat goes out in moderate rain. Lastly, Boone Hall Plantation includes a tour of the inside first floor, so you'll still get a great look at one of America’s oldest plantations.
- Is the Harbor Boat Tour covered?
- Yes, the Carolina Belle has two decks, each providing spectacular views of Charleston harbor: a glassed-in, climate controlled Main Salon, and an Observation Deck. The Observation Deck is open; however, it does have some roof-covered space.
- What should I wear?
- Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Keep in mind that the temperature on the water is significantly cooler than on the land, so you may want to bring a sweater in the cooler months for the Harbor Boat Tour.
- Is the Harbor Boat Tour safe?
- The Carolina Belle is United States Coast Guard certified to cruise the inland waterways, meets all of the USCG safety requirements, and passes a rigorous annual safety inspection. She carries a crew of three for up to 149 passengers and four above 149.
- Will I get seasick?
- The Carolina Belle is a steady 80-foot vessel with classic lines. The Charleston Harbor has a mild atmosphere and it is unlikely that you will feel much movement aboard the boat. If you often feel seasick, you may want to consider some light medication before beginning the trip. We cannot officially advise you to take any medication, however.
- Can I leave the group and explore Charleston on my own?
- You are not able to leave the group and meet up with the bus later, as it is very important that the bus driver is able to keep track of the entire group. If you would like to make special arrangements, please click “Contact ChasAdven”.
- How long does the trip last?
- The entire trip usually lasts around 10.5 hours. This may vary, however, depending on traffic conditions. We usually make it back to Myrtle Beach between 10 hours and 15 minutes and 10 hours and 45 minutes after the start of the tour.
- Is the trip wheelchair accessible?
- If you are able to walk for short distances, you will be able to participate in the trip, as we keep the walking to a minimum. However, we are not able to store wheelchairs on the bus (unless you have a fold-able wheelchair). The bus itself is not wheelchair accessible and the carriage does have a few steps that you must walk up. Of course, we'll help guests with limited mobility as much as we can.
- Can you store anything for me on the bus?
- The bus does have some limited storage space, but we ask that you do not bring coolers or other large items, as the space is limited. Also, please keep in mind that we are not responsible for any lost or missing items left on the bus during our stops.
- Where does the trip finish?
- We bring you back to the meeting location in "Broadway at the Beach," Myrtle Beach.
- Are gift certificates available for the trip?
- Yes, gift certificates are available and make great gifts for any occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the "Gift certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
- Can I book a private trip?
- Yes! We can accommodate a variety of special requests. Please click “Contact ChasAdven” to inquire further about special group rates.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- Boarding is on a first come first served basis – All Sailings Provided Conditions Warrant
- Coast Guard Regulations
- All persons and personal effects are subject to screening or inspection. Failure to consent or submit to screening or inspection will result in denial of authorization to board the boat in accordance with United States Coast Guard regulations.
- Purchasing Agreement
- By purchasing this ticket you are agreeing to the above terms and conditions and agree to hold harmless Charleston Harbor Tours and tour Management Services, Inc.
We've partnered with the highest quality sightseeing companies. You'll climb aboard the Carolina Bell for a Charleston Harbor Tour - the longest running harbor tour company in Charleston, serving her guests since 1908. You'll also take a carriage ride provided by the leader in Charleston carriage tours.
Prepare for a Charleston cultural experience like no other!